The Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)
For visitors interested in learning about French art, especially paintings, sculpture, photography and furniture from the late-1800s and early 1900s, the Musée d’Orsay is a must-see attraction
Popular for its youthful vibe and café culture, the Latin Quarter lies in Paris’ 5th and 6th arrondissements. This is also an area where several colleges and universities are located. The Latin language used to be widely spoken at these institutions of higher education, hence the name “Latin Quarter!”
Locally referred to as Quartier Latin, this neighborhood has undergone gentrification in recent years and now consistently draws in tourists and locals looking for eclectic and bohemian experiences. The neighborhood is divided by Boulevard St. Germain and Boulevard St. Michel, with busy cafes, bars, shops, and restaurants in all directions.
The historic St. Michel statute and Baroque-style fountain are the iconic symbols of the Latin Quarter. There are also three natural history museums in this area, including the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, which is behind the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden. Other highlights of the Latin Quarter include Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, the Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens, and bouquinistes that sell a variety of merchandise and souvenirs.
This is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon of people-watching and experience a seamless blend of old and new culture. It’s also a fun neighborhood to sample fresh breads, French cheeses, charcuterie, and delectable wines.
Many visitors choose to join our organized walking tour, the History of Paris Walking Tour, to learn more about the area’s top attractions and rich history. Our Paris Night Bike Tour pedals right down St. Germain Boulevard and gives guests a fantastic taste of the neighborhood.